Reilly Reaches 1,000 Hits in Blowout Win Over Majors
TORONTO - 1,000!
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the London Majors 21-12 on Tuesday evening to improve to 13-13 on the season.
With the loss, the Majors fall to 19-8.
Toronto reliever Justin Cicatello picked up the win in his lone inning of work, tossing a scoreless fifth inning while recording two strikeouts and one walk.
Maple Leafs' second basemen Garret Takamatsu led the way at the plate, going four-for-six with three home runs.
The former Ontario Blue Jay recorded 6 RBI tonight.
Majors starter Lucas Kelley took the loss in his Christie Pits debut, allowing eight earned runs on eight hits and three bases on balls in just three innings pitched.
BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME: Up 12-9 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Maple Leafs' catcher Justin Marra hit a three-run home run to expand the Leafs' lead to 15-9.
That would be more than enough for the Maple Leafs on this night.
BY THE NUMBERS...
1,000: In the bottom of the eighth inning tonight, Sean Reilly recorded hit number 1,000 in his legendary Intercounty Baseball League career. The IBL's all-time home runs and hits leader, Reilly recorded a three-hit game tonight. The Maple Leafs Baseball Club would like to congratulate Reilly on this historic feat.
2. While Takamatsu led the way with three home runs, Maple Leafs' right fielder Marcus Knecht hit a pair of bombs of their own tonight for good measure.
3. Maple Leafs first basemen Jordan Castaldo drew three walks at the top of the lineup tonight. Castaldo is now just one walk behind Panthers hitter Jett Jarvis for the most walks drawn in the league. Jarvis currently leads the IBL with 27 walks.
5. Reilly was not the only Maple Leaf to record 3+ hits tonight, as Reilly was joined by Takamatsu (4), Knecht (3), Maple Leafs' third basemen Jonathan Solazzo (3), and Maple Leafs shortstop Dan Marra (3).
NEWS FROM THE GAME...
- With tonight's win, the Maple Leafs move into a tie with the Welland Jackfish for third place in the IBL.
- Maple Leafs' outfielder Grant Tamane made his return from injury tonight, coming in as a pinch hitter for Maple Leafs left fielder Chandler McLearn in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Tamane has been out since August 12 after injuring himself while making a catch in Barrie against the Baycats.
NEXT UP: The Maple Leafs return to action tomorrow night to battle the Brantford Red Sox from Arnold Anderson Stadium in Brantford.
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